The Best Advice Your Mother Ever Gave You

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:48

    SUSSEX COUNTY-We've heard it said over and over again … Mind your manners; Don't judge a book by its cover; First impressions are the lasting ones; Money is the root of all evil; Never go to bed angry; Be careful what you wish for, it may come true. Some motherly advice conjures up heartfelt memories while others still get a chuckle years later. Less conventional, yet still often heard is the advice: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer; When poverty knocks at the door, love flies out the window; I hope God gives you a child just like yourself! And, Don't gossip, it only comes back to bite you in the … well, you know. More surprising than the fact that one person can chronically repeat the same advice for years, is the shock of grown children, hearing themselves echoing those same words that once warranted no more than an eye roll response, now being bellowed at their own offspring. Here is a list we compiled of the best advice your mother ever gave you, from your friends and neighbors "Growing up my mother always reminded us that there were many others worse off than us" Amanda Rush Secretary "My mother told us if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all, because once you‘ve said it you can‘t take it back. She backed that up by charging us 50 cents every time we said something unkind. And that was a lot of money in the 50s and 60s." Judy Todt Retired Office Manager "The best advice that my mother has given me is: ‘Always follow your heart, and trust your gut instinct'." Christopher Carl Student - Lenape Valley Regional High School "My mother always said, ‘If your beds are made and your kitchen sink is clean, your house will appear clean.' I think she's right, and now I tell my girls the same thing." Karen Thompson Contract Specialist "Good question … Following the death of a newborn son, my mother made the decision to no longer put off the great vacations or entertainment events like theatre and museums. Her best advice to me is to take the time to explore the great things in the world today." Leigh Ann Pietz Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Planner "My mother didn't give much in the way of advice but rather led by example. She taught me to cook, iron and sew at a time when that wasn't the fashionable thing for boys to do. My mother was however, the one who was instrumental in encouraging me on my spiritual journey." Harry DeKolf Pastor "‘Treat others the way you would want to be treated yourself,' is the best advice my mother ever gave me." Rosalie Lefurge Teacher "My mother told me that there is no greater love than the love between a mother and her child. She was right." Karen Granelli Mental Health Clinician "My mother was a bookkeeper and she handled the bills and took care of all the finances. Her advice to me was to ‘let your husband handle the money and pay the bills.' I think she worried about how we would make ends meet." Dawn Tedesco Music Teacher "The bad and corrupt will always get their ‘come-up-ance'" I think she missed her calling …" Gary McGowan Art Conservator